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North Adams Finance Begins Review of $44M Budget for Fiscal 2019
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Friday, April 13, 2018

Councilors Marie T. Harpin, Benjamin Lamb and Chairman Wayne Wilkinson listen to explanations of budget line items on Wednesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee began its review this week of a proposed $44 million spending plan for fiscal 2019.   The committee will look through the draft budget over four meetings, the first of which was held on Wednesday night in City Council chambers. That session looked at general government, revenues, unclassified, debt and capital costs.    Over the next three meetings, the committee will look at public services and public safety; McCann Technical School; and North Adams Public Schools. The members of the committee


Southern Vermont Women's Lacrosse Edges MCLA
11:18PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Southern Vermont women's lacrosse team received seven goals from Alex Safford as the Mountaineers held off the MCLA Trailblazers 11-9 in a non league match played in a driving rainstorm.   SVC (2-5) came out firing as they quickly moved out to a 5-0 lead over the Trailblazers (1-4). Abigail Landon started the scoring for SVC with a goal at the 26:19 mark for a 1-0 advantage. Safford would then score the next three for the Mountaineers to begin her big night, and when Natalie Rose Canterbury tallied, it was 5-0.  The Trailblazers came storming back though as Granito started to assert herself.   She won the draw and sprinted down field and


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Applications Open for North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge
06:01PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  —  There's still time for local cultural entrepreneurs to vie for a $25,000 award and four months of help to get them started. 

The North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge is accepting applications through April 30, with four finalists to be announced May 9.   The winning concept will be chosen by a panel of business experts to receive funding and mentoring through Lever's resource network. A "Shark Tank" style pitch day for the four finalists will be held on Aug. 9 at Greylock Works and will be open to the public.      The goal of the challenge is to attract and develop new arts enterprises to join the Northern


The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
After a grueling two-day inquisition before both houses of Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has left the building. The question is how much did anyone really learn about the privacy issues of this social media behemoth?   As most readers are aware, the present controversy erupted when it was revealed that a Trump-campaign related firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users. It spawned a huge controversy over privacy, cybersecurity and Big Data companies in general.   I watched as much of the hearings as I could stomach. What was clear to me was most of our so-called legislators had no idea how Facebook works. While some


North Adams Council Sets Clerk Committee, OKs Fund Transfers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

A City Council committee will make recommendations on the replacement of City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau, who is retiring at the beginning of next year. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An ad hoc committee appointed by City Council President Keith Bona will be reviewing operations at the city clerk's office because of the coming retirement of City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau.    "Our current city clerk has unfortunately announced her retirement at the beginning of next year so we need to put some thought into the process of ... what's going to happen with the position," Bona said at Tuesday's council meeting. "The city clerk's office is the only office in City


North Adams Library Trustees Reject Idea of Reducing Hours
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, April 12, 2018

The library is short-staffed but officials don't want to reduce hours of operation. The library serves a large area of North County and there's a fear that once cut, the hours won't be easily restored.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees agreed that they did not want to reduce the building's hours but also realized there may need to be a change in the future.   Administrative Officer Michael Canales on Wednesday went over possible solutions to solve staffing issues, such as cutting the library's hours. However, the trustees agreed that they rather would deal with staffing gaps then limit hours of operation.   "We will make it


McCann's Quinones, Mount Greylock's Hall Shine on Collegiate Diamonds
10:53PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.- The MCLA softball team enjoyed its time at the Zavattaro Athletics Complex on Wednesday as it swept a doubleheader from Lyndon State.   Kara Adams tossed a complete game one hitter and McCann Tech graduate Alanza Quinones drove in four runs to lead the Trailblazers to a 14-0 five inning win in game one and Kaylyn Holliday homered in game two to lead the offense as MCLA took that one 10-3.   MCLA is now 4-12 on the season while the Hornets drop to 0-6.   The Trailblazers are scheduled to play Bay Path Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in another twinbill.   Baseball SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Mount Greylock graduate and Union College freshman Adam Hall allowed just two


North Adams Happenings: April 11-17
12:34PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'
12:17PM / Wednesday, April 11, 2018

If you're a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

* Establish a timeline. As a gardener, you typically follow a well-defined timeline. You need to get the soil ready a few months before you want to plant, and you need to plant at different times, depending on what plants you choose. You even need to set up a schedule for watering, feeding, weeding and other garden care.

As an investor, you may also need to observe a timeline. During the early and middle stages of your career,


Q&A: Former FBI Agent Clint Watts on Social Media Manipulation
By Ashlyn Marcil , iBerkshires intern
06:13PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — NBC News contributor and former FBI agent Clint Watts spoke at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' spring public policy lecture on Wednesday evening, April 4 about the attacks and implications from the Russian propaganda campaign.    Watts earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a master's degree from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif.   He is the author of "Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News," which reveals how malefactors use social media information. He testified before the


Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
Staff Reports,
02:20PM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive branch.   "Our Springfield office serves as an important connector to support our constituents, local leaders and municipalities in western Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "With almost two decades of public service and his role in overseeing emergency management for western Massachusetts, Patrick is uniquely qualified to lead the office and we are proud to welcome him


North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Creating Panel to Study Shared Superintendency
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

School committee Chairmen Paul Butler, left, and Mayor Thomas Bernard gave comments at the beginning of the joint meeting held in Drury High's library. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials are hoping to find ways to collaborate but they want much more information before they decide to start at the top.    North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional school committees have agreed to create a subcommittee to gather some solid data on the benefits and challenges of sharing a school superintendent. Described as a "unique opportunity" by Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler, the proposal also has numerous unknowns.    The idea is being pushed by the


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